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Kevin Hart, Jay-Z, other celebs respond to Meek Mill's prison sentence

Nick Vadala, Staff Writer

Updated: Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 10:58 AM

Rapper Meek Mill arrives at the Criminal Justice Center with his lawyer, Brian McMonagle.

Celebrities and music artists including Kevin Hart and Jay-Z have come forward in support of Meek Mill after a judge sentenced the Philadelphia rapper Monday to two to four years in prison.

Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley handed down the sentence, which stems from a probation violation in a drug and gun case dating to 2008. Violations included failed drug tests and Mill’s not following a court order restricting his travel.

Saying that Mill “thumbed [his] nose at this court,” Brinkley added that the rapper’s sentence would be served in state prison, and that he would be eligible for parole after two years.

Fellow Philadelphian Hart posted a message of support for Mill on Instagram, writing that “God sometimes puts the toughest battles on his strongest soldiers” and that “this storm will pass.” Hart recently made headlines with a cheating and extortion scandal.

Praying for my brother @meekmill right now. God sometimes puts the toughest battles on his strongest soldiers. I’m here for you man!!!! My brother for life…Always here for you man!!! This storm will pass…Stay strong & keep your head up 

A post shared by Kevin Hart (@kevinhart4real) on Nov 6, 2017 at 4:45pm PST

Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith wrote that Mill’s sentence was “more proof that our criminal justice system is a joke” because such a harsh sentence for “misdemeanor violations is just a waste of money.”

More proof that our criminal justice system is a joke https://t.co/PR007Z3jAr

— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) November 6, 2017

Throwing folks in jail for 2-4 years for misdemeanor violations is just a waste of money….too long https://t.co/GxpkgqnScb

— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) November 6, 2017

Rap mogul Jay-Z released a similar statement, writing that Mill’s sentence was “unjust and heavy-handed” in a message posted to Facebook on Monday. The rapper’s Roc Nation manages Mill. Mill recently joined Jay-Z on stage when the 4:44 rapper headlined this year’s Made in America festival on the Parkway.

“We will always stand by and support Meek Mill, both as he attempts to right this wrongful sentence and then in returning to his musical career,” Jay-Z’s statement read.

Jay-Z is an outspoken advocate of criminal justice reform, lobbying New York state, among other actions.

Mill’s label Maybach Music Group posted support via Twitter and changed its profile picture to an image of Mill:

#StayStrong #meekmill !! We will continue to rep the movement until the day you return because we know your return will be MONSTROUS #MMG pic.twitter.com/vsQTJNZrcz

— Maybach Music Group (@MaybachMusic) November 7, 2017

Stay strong #Meekmill pic.twitter.com/pDfH7QpbTs

— Maybach Music Group (@MaybachMusic) November 7, 2017

Label boss Rick Ross also posted about Mill:

Tests are not for the faint at heart! . Every time an obstacle crosses his path, he fights his way through and comes out triumphant. I've watched him 1st hand fight this unjust system for close to a decade. But my dawg is a warrior! You know the family is already holding you down during this time of test. Here’s to the future! It will be BRIGHT! #doubleMDreamchasers

A post shared by The Boss Rick Ross,Yung Renzel (@richforever) on Nov 7, 2017 at 7:54am PST

Rapper T.I., who served 11 months in prison for a probation violation in 2010, also while he was at the height of his career, posted on Instagram about Mill’s predicament, saying, “God places the heaviest loads on the strongest backs.”:

Was wit u then & WE STILL WIT U NOW!!! This too shall pass. You got this!!! God places the heaviest loads on the strongest backs. We got real love for u out here KING. 

A post shared by TIP (@troubleman31) on Nov 6, 2017 at 4:32pm PST

Mill’s ex-fiancee, rapper Nicki Minaj, has stayed quiet on her own social media channels. The two broke up in January. Mill’s former rival Drake also kept mum on Twitter and Instagram.

Nick Vadala, Staff Writer

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